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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Movie Review

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Star Trek 5 showed that Captain Kirk and his crew were growing old but Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country gives them new life. It is, by far, the most superior Star Trek film and one of the best overall science-fiction movies available. Lush graphics, strong acting, and a superb plot make Star Trek 6 a winner.

From beginning to end, the audience receives a wide array of visual graphics. In the beginning, Sulu's ship is struck by a magnificent shock wave that puts the Nexus, in Generations, to shame. In the end, the Excelsior and the Enterprise attempt to take out the Klingon Bird of Prey in a stupendous and stunning battles with explosions, lasers, and anything else I didn't mention. The graphics make all the other "Star Trek" movies, with First Contact as an exception, look out of date.

The Undiscovered Country wraps up some loose ends created in other "Star Trek" movies in an excellent story line. In the first movie, there was no plot. The second: revenge. The third: A continuation. The fourth: Humpback whales. The fifth: God. And the sixth: Conspiracies, assassinations, exiles, adventure, space battles, prison escapes, and peace treaties. Kirk must face his hatred of the Klingons (for killing his son) and decide whether he should help a desperate race or bring them to their knees. The peace treaty is something that builds the foundation for "The Next Generation" universe. Nevertheless, plot aside, the assassination scene is not only the basis of the entire plot but it also looks cool. It's scenes like these, one after another, that makes Star Trek 6 so good.

But then there's the villain. It's been said many times in the past and it'll be said again: The bad guy makes the movie. And General Chang, the Klingon conspirator, is the perfect villain. The rich dialogue exchanged between Kirk and him, the strong presence he portrays, and his pure wickedness sets a new standard for villains. Without him, the movie would have been lost.

A "Star Trek" movie would not be the same without the same faces. The entire crew is back for their final mission, joined by some fresh faces, some good, some bad, and the screenwriters took no time to put in some "Star Trek" humor. Look for cameo appearances of Worf ("The Next Generation") and Tuvok ("Voyager"). There were a few cheesy parts, a lot of them containing Chekov, but those were minor and unnoticeable. The Undiscovered Country is by far the best "Star Trek" movie; don't let it pass you by.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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